Sugar Aunts: Soda Dough Snowmen

Soda Dough Snowmen

We are big fans of play dough, salt dough, clay...any dough is tops in our house!  We've tried a lot of different recipes for different doughs and have our favorites, definitely.  We wanted to make some snowmen one day and tried a new (to us) recipe...Baking Soda Dough!

Baking Soda Dough Snowmen

Soda Dough Snowmen
Baking Soda Dough is the neatest stuff to play with.  This soda dough was soft and easy to mold into little snowmen.   The kids loved playing and creating with our soda dough.  It was easy to roll little snowmen bodies and  so we made a bunch! 
We were inspired to make soda dough before Christmas when we made thumbprint reindeer ornaments for Christmas gifts to grandparents.  Jen over at Mama.Papa.Bubba. made these Baking Soda Clay Ornaments and we thought they were beyond adorable!  They made perfect little gifts from the kids.  The baking soda dough recipe can be found here.  It was an easy recipe to follow and perfect for little hands to mold, roll, and smash!

We made these Soda Dough Snowmen one day when Little Nephew was over to play.  The toddlers were big fans of this dough!  They had so much fun making snowmen...we ended up making 12!
Pinching, rolling, stacking...this was great fine motor play here!  Working the dough uses the small muscles of the hand (the intrinsic muscles) that are so important for small motor activities like button management and endurance in coloring and handwriting. 

Once we had our family of snowmen, I put them on a cookie sheet and let them dry for two days.  At the end of two days, they were still a little soft, so I then threw them into the oven set at 150 degrees F.  I let them bake for about 2 hours and they seemed to be hardened up.  If you make snowmen like ours, keep an eye on them in the oven.  It will probably take longer if you bake them from the onset.   

Our snowmen were hardened and ready for play and pretending.  Watch this space to see what we did with them next!

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